VIDEO: Packers-Colts game canceled due to field conditions

Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-07 22:39:13-04

There was supposed to be the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Sunday night - the first game of the 2016 preseason.

The NFL chose to cancel it after discovery of unplayable field conditions.

WTMJ's Greg Matzek revealed the problem - the paint job done on the field earlier Sunday.

"This field, when they painted it earlier in the week, everything set up fine. They painted it again...the sun got to it. It hardened. It became very hard and slick in the middle of the field," said 620 WTMJ Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee about the cancelation.
As for the Packers players who want a chance to prove themselves in a game situation, particularly young players, "Those guys miss some reps here. The veterans not so much. It's not a problem for them," said Wayne.

"Player safety is enormous in the NFL. I'm sure the NFL put their stamp of approval on this," said Larry McCarren on WTMJ's Packers Gameday after the announcement.

"The party that would be most likely to feel (relieved) is Ted Thompson. He doesn't like exposing his players to live contact when he doesn't have to."

Thompson, the Packers GM, joined NFL brass and Colts officials in discussing field conditions before the decision.

Follow today's "game" - or non-game coverage below.